As you might have noticed on my Instagram (and especially in my Insta-stories), last week I went to Copenhagen to join the Scandi Design Tour 2017, organised by Fredericia and Georg Jensen.
On the first day we visited the brand new Fredericia showroom where we got a craftsmanship and history tour by Thomas and Rasmus Graversen themselves (2nd & 3nd generation of the company). After this we met one of the craftsmen from Tränsjo Garveri who showed us how the leather of the Spanish chair is carefully cut, smoothened and colored on the sides. We got to try out our own keychain as well, which you can see in the 4th picture. In the afternoon we went to visit Space Copenhagen, who told us all about their vision, their design process and their experiences with designing the Swoon chair and Spine Collection. In the evening we had the most amazing dinner on Fredercia’s rooftop and made our own cocktails with the new Georg Jensen Sky bar collection.
On the second day we went to visit Georg Jensen and got a tour of the smithy by Senior vp of design Nicholas Manville, who showed us how many hours go into the perfectly crafted silver pieces by crafts(wo)men that are specially trained in a four year Georg Jensen apprenticeship. We saw how the famous Torun Bangle is crafted (only a fraction of the process, as the entire process takes up 10 hours to complete) and even tried a few steps of the process ourselves. After lunch we visited the design lab, where we met designer Aurélien Barbry, the designer behind the Sky Collection. It was amazing to hear the story of how the organic shapes in the collection came to live and to see the amount of prototyping that goes into the design of a single product. You can see the prototype shelf in the last picture by the way.